FFfAW — The Grasshopper And the iPhone


Pointing to a large, green insect resting on the gravel, Ian said, “Look at that big bug, Dad.”

“That’s a grasshopper,” his father said. “It’s harmless. It can’t hurt you. Grasshoppers have powerful rear legs and wings, so they can hop and fly.”

Ian moved closer to get a better look. “What are those orange things on its body”

Ian’s father said, “They may be eggs, Ian. I’ll Google it.” He pulled his iPhone out and searched “grasshopper eggs.” After reading the page, he explained, “They’re actually egg pods, and each pod contains 15 to 150 eggs. She’ll probably be hiding the eggs in the gravel.” He handed his iPhone to Ian so that he could see the screen.

Ian lost interest in the grasshopper and was, instead, fascinated by his father’s iPhone. “Can I have an iPhone, Dad?”

“You’re way too young to have your own cellphone,” his father said.

“How old were you when you got your first iPhone, Dad!” Ian innocently asked.

Ian’s father smiled. “Fifty,” he answered.

Ian was not happy.

(173 words)

Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers prompt from Priceless Joy. Image credit: @any1mark66.

20 thoughts on “FFfAW — The Grasshopper And the iPhone

  1. James November 28, 2017 / 8:43 am

    Ha! I saw a meme on Facebook earlier that said something like, “When young people tell me their problems, I explain that I had to survive the first forty years of my life without the internet or a smartphone.”

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      • James November 28, 2017 / 9:13 am

        Wait until I tell my grandchildren how I cooked a hot dog when I was a kid long before we had microwaves.

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong November 28, 2017 / 11:23 am

    Can we force anyone YOUNGER than 50 to put down that phone and back away? What an improvement in life that would be.

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  3. Iain Kelly November 28, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    Brilliant, both the natural reaction of the son to stop looking at the grasshopper and look the phone instead – and his dad’s answer!

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    • Fandango November 28, 2017 / 12:57 pm

      Thanks. When my song was younger, he asked me how old I was when I got my first personal computer. He didn’t believe me when I told him!

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  4. Scott November 28, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    Thanks again for the laugh. I love your sense of humor and how you tell it so well.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 28, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      Thank you! I appreciate your appreciation of my sense of humor!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Priceless Joy November 28, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    Hahahaha! Of course his son wants an iPhone! Now he probably thinks he has to wait until he is 50! Cute story!

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  6. Michael November 28, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    That’s a great answer isn’t it that only we older folk can give….

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    • Fandango November 28, 2017 / 10:34 pm

      I remember not understanding how my parents never watched any TV shows when they were kids.

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  7. Sight11 November 30, 2017 / 4:20 am

    My mom never went to cinema in her teens.. My dad.. Well he is still getting used to technology.. Sheesh! Considering IPhone is just around for 10 years doesn’t make my generation the Millennial special..

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  8. The High Rated Gabru January 4, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    Do You want to know the first thing that i did after buying an Iphone X was??? If Yes then check out my latest post and don’t forget to like it…!


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